Kansas is known for its current streak of Big 12 regular season titles, but head coach Bill Self has also scheduled a lot of tough non-conference games over the years to prepare the Jayhawks for the grind of the conference season.
The 2016-17 season appears to be no different.
The Jayhawks released their non-conference schedule late this week and it includes plenty of quality opponents, including a four-day stretch in which Kansas flies to Maui to play Indiana in the Armed Forces Classic before going to New York to play Duke in the Champions Classic.
A rematch against Kentucky will also take place in January as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge as the Jayhawks will travel to Lexington after hosting John Calipari’s crew last season.
The non-conference slate for Kansas also includes other notable opponents like Stanford, Davidson, UNC Asheville, Nebraska, UNLV and the CBE Classic in Kansas City.
Overall, this is another solid block of games for Kansas that should undoubtedly test them quite a bit early next season. With No. 1 recruit Josh Jackson entering Lawrence, he’ll have plenty of showcase games along with his veteran teammates as Kansas tries to prepare themselves for another Big 12 title run.